Volunteer Opportunities and Training

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Our mission at the Conflict Resolution Center is to help you become better able to resolve conflicts. We have trainings, educational resources from other sites, and volunteer opportunities for you to master the art of conflict resolution and help others.

 

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Volunteers willing to help mediate conflicts are vital to the success of the Conflict Resolution Center. With their help, neighbors and families find peaceful resolution. The volunteers gain something too, recognizing that phone conciliating and face to face mediating disputes is richly rewarding.

The volunteer primary responsibilities are to help Bellevue residents resolve conflicts. Tasks include: telephone conciliation (coaching, problem solving, arranging a mediation); database entry and other office tasks; conducting face-to-face mediation; facilitating group meetings and assisting with outreach, training and other program projects.

Our desired qualifications include excellent communication skills, commitment to respect exchanges between people, ability to assist people in solving their problems and ability to maintain confidentiality and impartiality. Basic computer skills and completion of extensive, specialized trainings with the Conflict Resolution Center are mandatory. We accept adults only.

Our expectation is that volunteers first apply for a 20 hour conciliation training, conducted annually. If selected, the volunteer would then take a three hour weekly daytime telephone conciliation shift for a minimum of 6 months. Once completed, the volunteer is eligible to take the 40 hour Basic Mediation Training conducted annually and then enter our practicum to be certified as a mediator. That process can take a minimum of one additional year.

For more details about volunteering, you may contact us at 425-452-4091 or at BCRC@bellevuewa.gov.

Volunteer Trainings

  • 24-hr Conciliation Training:
    • Sept. 10, Sept. 17, & Sept. 25, 2019, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Are you a natural listener and a good communicator? Do you want to learn skills to help create peace in our community? Are you culturally sensitive? Possibly speak a second language? Do you live or work in Bellevue? Got time?

      If so, you are encouraged to apply to become a conciliator with the Bellevue Conflict Resolution Center which helps people in the Bellevue community resolve their conflicts. Conciliators assist callers in understanding their issues, exploring options and developing strategies for problem resolution. In this training, you will learn conflict theory, advanced communication skills, negotiation, coaching, database usage and procedural tools. These skills are useful even if you don’t volunteer.

      There is no charge for the training. Attendance at all sessions is required. Upon completion, selected attendees are invited to volunteer in our office for a three-hour weekly shift during business hours. Both the training and subsequent volunteering are steps to becoming a future certified mediator with our program.

    • Please email BCRC@bellevuewa.gov to register.
       

Volunteer In-service Schedule

  • Dogs, Cats, Noise: Tues., Oct. 22, 2019, 4:30-6:30 p.m.